Giggs confirms Bale absence

10 October 2018 10:07:07 EST

Wales boss Ryan Giggs has confirmed that Gareth Bale will miss Thursday's clash against Spain and is "50-50" to face the Republic of Ireland.

The 29-year-old has been struggling with a groin injury which he suffered during Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Alaves in La Liga, but the Wales camp had hoped their talisman would be fit for this week's international double-header.

We don't want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.

Ryan Giggs

However, Giggs revealed that Bale will play no part in the friendly against Spain at the Principality Stadium on Thursday, while he is a big doubt to be involved in the Nations League clash against the Irish in Dublin on Tuesday.

"Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won't be involved against Spain," Giggs said.

"We don't want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.

"He had a scan last week, a couple of weeks ago with Real Madrid. We rescanned it and have done everything we can to get as much information. He feels good but we have to weigh up the risk whether he can be part of the game on Tuesday."

Wales are 6/1 to defeat Spain in Cardiff on Thursday, while the Spanish are priced at 4/7 to win and the draw is 3/1.

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